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The Book of the Courtier (1528) is a series of fictional conversations by courtiers of the Duke of Urbino that takes place in 1507, while Castiglione was himself attaché to the Duke.
Today the Book remains the most reliable and illuminating account of Renaissance court life and of what it took to be the "Perfect Courtier" and "Court Lady." The Singleton translation—the most acclaimed and accurate available—is accompanied by annotations. "Criticism" features ten essays on The Book of the Courtier, which represent the best interpretations from the United States, Italy, and England including the backgrounds-rich essays by Amedeo Quondam and James Hankins. A Selected Bibliography, a Chronology, and an Index are included.
|The Text of The Book of the Courtier||1|
|The Book of the Courtier||3|
|Index of Persons and Items||261|
|On the Genesis of the Book of the Courtier||283|
|Sprezzatura and the Absence of Grace||295|
|Castiglione's Cortegiano: The Dialogue as a Drama of Doubt||307|
|Il Cortegiano and the Constraints of Despotism||319|
|The Portrait of the Courtier in Castiglione||328|
|Did Women Have a Renaissance?||340|
|Courtier, Prince, Lady: The Design of the Book of the Courtier||352|
|Renaissance Philosophy and Book IV of Il Cortegiano||377|
|The Courtier Abroad: Or, the Uses of Italy||388|
|Baldassare Castiglione: A Chronology||401|
Posted November 18, 2011
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